Vulnerability: the birthplace of creativity?

I don’t know about you. But “being vulnerable” and “showing your vulnerability” have a negative connotation for me. I heard an interesting talk by Brené Brown on this very issue. She says that even though vulnerability is the core ingredient of shame, fear and the struggle for worthiness, vulnerability is also the birthplace of joy, creativity, belonging and love.

Typically when we’re scared, we numb out our emotions. But as we can’t selectively numb emotions, we end up numbing the good and the bad. We also tend to be CERTAIN about stuff in the face of UNCERTAINTY. I’m right and you’re wrong… We try to be perfect but also pretend to ourselves that we have no effect on others.

Brown suggests that we let ourselves be seen in all our vulnerability, that we practice gratitude every day and start believing that we are (good) enough.

If the result could lead to joy, creativity, belonging and love, hey, I’m up for the challenge.

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Be absolutely sure of nothing


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jo-Lynne
    Nov 13, 2011 @ 19:06:53

    Great post. I think vulnerability has to be practiced and it’s not always easy. I don’t know if you saw Brené’s TEDx talk, but it rocks on the subject.


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